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Praise for Westminster schools’ GCSE ‘progress’

Published: 27 January, 2017

THREE Westminster secondary schools have ranked among the top 50 in the country for improved GCSE results, acc­ording to new figures released by the Department for Education.

King Solomon Academy in Marylebone was rated fifth, Padding­ton Academy in Maida Vale 30th and Westminster Academy in Harrow Road was 48th for “Progress 8” scores, which chart the progress of pupils from the end of primary school to the end of secondary. 

But Quintin Kynaston in St John’s Wood and Westminster City School in Palace Street ranked below the national average on the same measure. 

QK head Alex Atherton said: “Progress 8 is a new measure and all schools are looking at their results in this light for the first time. The detail behind the main score really matters. In subject areas such as English, mathematics, science and languages our progress scores hold up well. Interestingly QK is also above the national average both for students who qualify for free school meals and those who do not qualify for them.”

“It is also the case that our results have been pulled down by the fact that all the students from various schools who attend the alternative provision unit, Aspire, which is hosted on site, have counted towards QK’s results this year which was not the case previously.”

Westminster City School head James Wilson said that in reality the school’s results were higher than the tables suggested but government changes meant only first entries were included in the tables. 

Westminster as a whole ranked third among local authorities in London for Progress 8.  

Westminster Academy principal Dr Saima Rana said: “At Westminster Academy we are committed to helping every single one of our students achieve their potential from the very first day they start with us at age 11. Through the support of our dedicated staff, parents, carers, sponsors, governors and community partners, we are proud to be able to add such value and help our students to have real choices for their futures.”

Young people’s lead councillor Danny Chalkley said: “It is encouraging to see our schools playing such a leading role and helping young people in Westminster to reach their potential. I want especially to congratulate the pupils and teachers at King Solomon on ranking fifth nationwide, a truly rem­arkable achievement.”


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